December 30th, 2011 | by Len Lazarick
O'Malley holds year-end roundtable with reporters; topics included taxes, septic systems, job creation, Purple Line; Lt. Gov. Brown's chief of staff leaving for law firm; redistricting in Frederick; Franchot fundraisers; Brinkley congressional campaign.
December 29th, 2011 | by Cynthia Prairie
Commission makes recommendations on stent placement; bill would require guardians to notify police of missing child within limited time; state altering child support collection; state gets more federal funding to help cover children's health care; Lt. Gov. Brown returns donation from tax evader; and O'Malley appoints Kratovil to District Court bench
December 28th, 2011 | by Cynthia Prairie
PAC may take congressional redistricting fight to Supreme Court; panel releases recommendations for implementing health exchanges for affordable insurance; one legislator wants to outlaw some video game rooms while the state considers putting lottery ticket sales on line; Marylanders who appealed property tax assessments find long wait for results; Del. Dan Morhaim, aka “Dr. Dan,” releases book on how to have a better death; mixed views on traffic cameras; number of state lawmakers will also be seeking higher office while in session; and U.S. Rep. Bartlett is out raising funds
December 27th, 2011 | by Cynthia Prairie
Maryland lawmakers to fight to keep federal commuter tax credit; bills begin to pile up at the door to the State House addressing toll hikes, flash robs and the return of the flush tax; GOP urges Dems to return donations from Richard Stewart, who sat on redistricting panel; Bay Bridge brings in more bucks; budget crunches in Prince George's and Montgomery counties; and O'Malley names new circuit judges
December 23rd, 2011 | by Len Lazarick
Redistricting hearing dominated by calls for better minority representation; O’Malley surprised at hearing redistricting committee member evaded taxes, and a blogger thinks he should resign because of it; problems found in Personnel Services and Benefits; Bartlett poll not necessarily good news, but he takes the opportunity to criticize his party; O'Malley still working on his environmental agenda.
December 22nd, 2011 | by Cynthia Prairie
Some fired state employees return to work in other agencies; Public Works OKs MarylandLive! slots deal, manure-to-energy plant at Eastern Shore prison and wildlife sanctuary, but puts prison drug contract on hold; PSC fines PEPCO for power outages; shakeout from state legislative redistricting continues: Arundel, Frederick shrug, while others face major shifts; Bartlett poll shows him beating a Democrat; and Prince George's Exec Baker says he underestimated reform timeline
December 21st, 2011 | by Cynthia Prairie
Federal court hears challenge to congressional remapping; state subsidies sought for slots at racetracks, Board of Public Works expected to OK Arundel slots purchase, while Rocky Gap license is delayed; state mulls selling lottery tickets on-line; jobless rate drops; jurisdictions take a close look at new General Assembly remapping; and Arundel Council considers two bills to oust councilman before jail term
December 20th, 2011 | by Cynthia Prairie
Amid opposition, O'Malley signs PlanMaryland into law; congressional redistricting plan goes to court; state increases borrowing; state legislative redistricting plan draws fire over minority representation, cuts some counties' delegations, hikes others; Baltimore County Council passes revised ethics laws; and WBAL's Ron Smith dies
December 19th, 2011 | by Cynthia Prairie
State legislative redistricting could mean more minority districts in DC suburbs, some Republicans will have to faceoff for a seat and Jacobs, Dwyer and Brochin among legislators who could see big changes; judge dismisses General Services countersuit over State Center; O'Malley's off-shore wind plan expected to be debated for 2012; bill to ban arsenic from animal feed to make a comeback; Maryland again gets share in Race to the Top education funds; and state courts FBI HQ for Prince George's
December 16th, 2011 | by Len Lazarick
Spending committee recommends O'Malley cut structural deficit in half, but Republicans could not require all of the reduction come from cuts; O'Malley touts benefits of Constellation-Exelon merger; redistricting maps expected before Christmas; Del. Tiffany Alston indicted on charges of using taxpayer funds to pay a private employee; PlanMaryland will go to O'Malley next week; O'Malley plans January "tweetup."